Greetings Fellow Orchidians, I have a real doozy of a problem here
with my newest piece, and was wondering if anyone has any good ideas
for me. It has been months that I've been trying to come up with an
easy solution for this. I have here a plaster casting of a carving
from Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. It is 4.5" in diameter, and about 2"
deep. It is a famous carving of "The Green Man", who is an ancient
"nature god" type character.
Here is a link to a photo of the carving:
I have been charged with making a replica of this carving as a
pendant, about 3/4" or less in diameter. Some of the methods I
thought of for doing this:
1) Hand carve it. (Yikes! Not sure if I am even capable of this)
2) Pantograph a copy of it using the old style 3D copying/reduction
machine. (no luck here yet, many experts seem to think I wont be able
to hold the detail. I actually got hold of a pantograph, but it
appears to be busted, the motor wont run, and it's not mine to take
3) Do a 3D scan, and have either a rapid prototype built, or a wax
model milled out by CNC mill. I got one price on this, $900, which is
too expensive for me, for this piece.
I am at an impasse, and am about to just take a straight-on digital
photo of it, reduce it to size in Photoshop and illustrator, then
print it out and trace the design onto wax. Then, just do my best
carving it. But I really want it to look as close as possible to the
original, not a poorly carved copy, so it may be sold as an accurate
Is there some technique I am not aware of that would make this
process easier, or does someone have the ability to scan and create a
model of this at a much cheaper price?
Thanks for any ideas!
The Master's Jewel